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Harris Health hoping for $2.5B bond election

Harris Health Aiming for $2.5B Bond Approval

Harris Health executives think now is the time to ease some of the overcrowding in their facilities. Both of their hospitals operate at above 90% capacity. The agency also points out that one of four Harris County citizens are not insured and that number is growing fast.

Harris Health has come up with a $2.9 billion strategic facilities plan, specifically aimed at enhancing services for uninsured and vulnerable residents of Harris County for the next 50 years.

They want to put a $2.5 billion bond question before the voters. If it’s okayed, the average Harris County homeowner will see their taxes rise by $6 a month. $400 million would come from other sources.

The $2.9 billion strategic facilities plan includes:

  • $1.6 billion toward the construction of a new hospital on the Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital campus
  • $400 million to make renovations to the existing LBJ Hospital
  • $500 million toward improvements at existing community clinics and the opening of new community clinics in underserved parts of the county
  • $400 million to make renovations to Ben Taub Hospital

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Mike covers our Texas and Phoenix/Southwest regions. He is a veteran news reporter who spent 10 years in radio and television news, mostly in Tucson, Arizona. Following his career in the media, he spent ten years as a communications executive for a publicly traded development company. Mike is married with three boys and three Huskies.

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